Eriksson and Ilott set the pace in Vallelunga testing


Joel Eriksson and Callum Ilott led the way at the FIA European Formula 3 Championship pre-season test at Vallelunga.

Eriksson led a Motopark 1-2-3-4 on a rain affected day one, while Ilott set the fastest time of the test on day two for Van Amersfoort Racing.

Two of the four sessions on day one were held in wet conditions, with the track only drying out towards the end of session four, with Eriksson setting a best time of 1m28.488s to finish ahead of team-mates Niko Kari, Guanyu Zhou and Sergio Sette Camara.

Alessio Lorandi and Ryan Tveter placed fifth and sixth for Carlin ahead of Prema Powerteam’s Maximilian Günther, while Raoul Hyman was eighth for Carlin and was the only driver in the test not to yet be confirmed to his ride for 2016.

Prema Powerteam drivers Lance Stroll and Nick Cassidy completed the top ten on day one.

British driver Ilott set the best time on day two of 1m27.728s, just 0.037s ahead of Sette Camara, while Ilott’s team-mate Pedro Piquet ended third fastest ahead of Lorandi.

Anthoine Hubert placed fifth for Van Amersfoort Racing ahead of Tveter and Stroll, with Arjun Maini eighth for ThreeBond with T-Sport, while Eriksson and Kari completed the top ten.

Twenty-one drivers took to the track, with Mücke Motorsport’s David Beckmann the only confirmed driver absent as he is prohibited from testing or racing until he turns sixteen, which will not happen until just before the third round of the season at Pau.

Vallelunga Pre-Season Test Day 1 Times

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME
122Joel ErikssonSWEMotopark1m28.488s
210Niko KariFINMotopark1m28.642s
323Guanyu ZhouCHNMotopark1m28.723s
49Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark1m28.773s
54Alessio LorandiITACarlin1m28.956s
63Ryan TveterUSACarlin1m28.981s
717Maximilian GuntherGERPrema Powerteam1m29.120s
819Raoul HymanRSACarlin1m29.223s
91Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam1m29.256s
102Nick CassidyNZLPrema Powerteam1m29.440s
117Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport1m29.718s
126Callum IlottGBRVan Amersfoort Racing1m29.803s
1320Harrison NeweyGBRVan Amersfoort Racing1m29.959s
1418Zhi Cong LiCHNCarlin1m30.011s
1515Arjun MainiINDThreeBond with T-Sport1m30.016s
165Pedro PiquetBRZVan Amersfoort Racing1m30.072s
1721Anthoine HubertFRAVan Amersfoort Racing1m30.221s
1824Ben BarnicoatGBRHitech Grand Prix1m30.411s
1916Ralf AronESTPrema Powerteam1m30.497s
2011Nikita ZlobinRUSHitech Grand Prix1m30.860s
2112George RussellGBRHitech Grand Prix1m32.263s

Vallelunga Pre-Season Test Day 2 Times

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME
16Callum IlottGBRVan Amersfoort Racing1m27.728s
29Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark1m27.765s
35Pedro PiquetBRZVan Amersfoort Racing1m27.859s
44Alessio LorandiITACarlin1m27.884s
521Anthoine HubertFRAVan Amersfoort Racing1m27.962s
63Ryan TveterUSACarlin1m28.021s
71Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam1m28.022s
815Arjun MainiINDThreeBond with T-Sport1m28.085s
922Joel ErikssonSWEMotopark1m28.151s
1010Niko KariFINMotopark1m28.187s
117Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport1m28.210s
122Nick CassidyNZLPrema Powerteam1m28.276s
1312George RussellGBRHitech Grand Prix1m28.296s
1416Ralf AronESTPrema Powerteam1m28.332s
1519Raoul HymanRSACarlin1m28.334s
1617Maximilian GuntherGERPrema Powerteam1m28.372s
1724Ben BarnicoatGBRHitech Grand Prix1m28.407s
1823Guanyu ZhouCHNMotopark1m28.454s
1920Harrison NeweyGBRVan Amersfoort Racing1m28.720s
2018Zhi Cong LiCHNCarlin1m29.120s
2111Nikita ZlobinRUSHitech Grand Prix1m29.174s